Midlands Spotlight - Filmmaker Lee Price
By midlandsmovies, Oct 15 2016 12:40PM
Midlands Movies finds out about Lee Price, a regional filmmaker who is leaping from the local to the international with a whole host of new projects.
Midlands writer-director Lee Price is an old hand at making films in the region. Since 2011 Lee has focused on making full length films with his first foray into features being Neville Rumble, about a character with Asperger's Syndrome struggling to cope with rejection.
Neville is played by Ian Hencher who is an obsessive man who meets Lucy (Alex Lochrie) at a “people skills” training course. He soon becomes infatuated with her but becomes depressed when she leaves town.
The story continues when three years later, a chance meeting sees Neville running back into Lucy. However, upset about her new fiancé (played by Gavin Fowler) Neville takes drastic and dark steps that see Lucy fear for her life.
Lee says the film contains “relatable angsty and awkward characters that teen youths will be interested in” whilst the film represents how shifts in power can lead to things going badly wrong for those involved. The interpersonal relationships are intentionally brought to the forefront of the story and the script has been co-written and co-directed by Price and Richard Miller to cover personal themes and a focus on mental health issues.
Currently available in the USA on video-on-demand (VOD), Lee is happy with the film’s success and hopes to bring that learning to his second feature called Frettin’. Currently in post-prodcution, Frettin’ has been filming in Hinckley (Leicestershire) and Nuneaton (Warwickshire) over the past two years. “If I was to pitch the film it would be as a British Midnight Cowboy, in the spirit of Bill Forsyth”, explains Lee.
With the trailer soon to be released, the Homebird Films production tells the story of Jake who lives off-grid, down by the cut and “busking for his bread”. Lee goes on to divulge that the character “keeps his head down, living life day-to-day, and is almost a ghost amongst the living”.
“But then Jake meets Tim, an executive in a moment of crisis and decides to take the younger man under his wing”, continues Lee, before adding that the film is “a buddy road movie. Probably the shortest distance travelled in any road movie, anywhere”.
Midlands Movies' readers can watch Neville Rumble’s trailer on the YouTube video above and find more about Price’s second film Frettin’ over on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/FrettintheFilm
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